U.S. Donated COVID-19 Vaccines Distributed in Pakistan
About 2.5 million doses of Moderna (SpikeVax) COVID-19 vaccines donated by the United States are being distributed by the Government of Pakistan to vaccinate priority groups across the country, in line with the National Deployment and Vaccination Plan.
“The WHO applauds Pakistan’s achievement of effectively scaling up its vaccination campaign across the country. The available COVID-19 vaccines have been equitably distributed and have reached even the remotest areas of Pakistan, protecting millions. Science, solutions, and solidarity have been the tools for addressing the biggest health threat of the past century. We thank the Government of the United States for showing their solidarity through this donation,” said Dr. Palitha Mahipala, WHO Representative in Pakistan, in a press statement issued on July 4, 2021.
“WHO will continue supporting the Government of Pakistan to swiftly and safely administer the donated doses of vaccines and advocate with COVAX partners for the provision of sufficient vaccines to reach all vulnerable populations.”
So far, three million people have been fully vaccinated and 13.5 million partially vaccinated in Pakistan, using vaccines that the Government procured through COVAX or bilateral agreements.
More than 960,000 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the country since the start of the outbreak, and at least 22,379 people have succumbed to the disease.
The COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna (SpikeVax) (mRNA-1273) is an mRNA vaccine candidate against the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 encoding for a prefusion stabilized form of the Spike (S) protein selected by Moderna in collaboration with investigators at the U.S. NIAID Vaccine Research Center.